NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

MISSION STATEMENT

Introduction to the Courts

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Introduction to the Courts
    B. Course Number: CJ 113E - 10333
    C. Semester: Spring 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Titus, Rebecca
    G. Office: Bob Moran Hall (MB) 107E
    H. Email Address: RTitus@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2714
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 8:00:00 AM-9:00:00 AM (MST);10:00:00 AM-11:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): N/A
    M. Corequisite(s): N/A
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course will explain the history of the courts, as well as the organization, structure, and jurisdiction of the judicial system. This is a three credit hour course.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    This course is designed to provide information to those students who may be considering a career in the criminal justice field or a profession that supports one or more aspects of the criminal justice system.

    The student transferring to a four-year college/university should inquire @ the selected institution as to whether the course will transfer.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    (Introduction to the Courts)
    Neubauer/Fradella - America's Courts and the Criminal Justice System 12e ISBN 9781305261051


    Access to the Internet and Microsoft 2003 or higher Capabilities.

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Module 0: 105points
    Chapter Assignments/Exam (17) 50 points each chapter = 850

    Weekly Discussions (50ea): 800points
    These will be completed in Canvas under Weekly Modules.

    Final Project: 200points

    This will be completed in Canvas in Final Module Shell.
    A 1955-1760
    B 1759-1564
    C 1563-1368
    D 1367-1172
    F < 1172

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the conclusion of this course, a student should have a basic knowledge of how the criminal justice system operates and a general understanding of how different areas of the criminal justice system work, such as: policing, the courts, corrections, juvenile justice and theories of criminology and the law.
    The course content of Introduction to the Courts (CJ113E) supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning” by encouraging students to accomplish the following:
    • Identify and recognize the stages within the criminal justice system.
    • Identify and articulate the roles of individuals within the criminal justice system.
    • Identify and communicate the rights of defendants in the criminal justice system.
    • Analyze the significance of key court cases that have influenced the criminal justice system.
    • Apply each of the above in context of developing an awareness of self and community.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    At the completion of this course, students should:
    1. identify the differences in the dual court system;
    2. identify functions in state and federal courts;
    3. identify the actors and their roles in the criminal justice system;
    4. recognize the informal processes of the criminal justice system, such as plea bargains, etc.;
    5. identify stages in the court system from arrest to trial;
    6. identify and understand functions and different types of sentencing;
    7. identify what happens after sentencing and the roles played by other agencies, such as probation officers, etc.;
    8. recognize the different criminal defenses, such as insanity, competency, etc.; and
    9. identify Alternate Dispute Resolution and its’ function.

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Students,

    Module 0 will be due the 1st Thursday of the semester so you I can report Non-Attendance by Friday morning so it is IMPORTANT for you to complete Module 0 before Friday morning.

    After you have read the syllabus, please be sure to click on the link to the left titled "Modules". You will need to use these modules to keep you updated in the course. You can find all you need in there for each section.

    Please be sure to e-mail me ASAP if you have any problems or concerns. Thank you! Email Response time is 24 hours and grade response time is 1 week.

    You must also use word to submit your assignments or save it as a .RTF file if you are using Wordperfect. I cannot download the assignments from any other format.

    Be sure when you answer your questions, you refer to the Grading Rubric included in your assignment, which will explain the Assignment Expectations. I also expect each of you to cite your references. This does not have to be a big issue or something hard, but merely (Author or website, and page number) where you located the information to support your own personal ideas. With that being said, I also expect you to use something, such as the textbook, online websites or other court or law references to support your personal ideas. The discussions should be your personal “feelings” documented one way or another with another type of resource. Do not answer the questions by saying, “I think …” and leave it as that. Each question must be thoroughly explained. In some instances, it may take one paragraph and in others, it may take one page. There is no magic number or guide as to how long it should be.

    Response Times for E-mail and Grading in this Course:

    E-mail will be responded to within 24 hours.
    Assignments and exams will be graded and grades will be posted by the end of the day on Sunday of next week.

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located in Mansur Hall room 123 and 124.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    Week 1: Complete Module 0 in Canvas Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 2: Read and then Complete Chapter 1 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 3: Read and then Complete Chapter 2 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 4: Read and then Complete Chapter 3 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 5: Read and then Complete Chapter 4 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module. Complete Test 1 in Canvas.
    Week 6: Read and then Complete Chapter 5 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 7: Read and then Complete Chapter 6 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 8: Read and then Complete Chapter 7 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 9: Read and then Complete Chapter 8 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 10: Read and then Complete Chapter 9 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module. Complete Test 2 in Canvas.
    Week 11: Read and then Complete Chapter 10 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 12: Read and then Complete Chapter 11 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 13: Read and then Complete Chapter 12 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module.
    Week 14: Read and then Complete Chapter 13 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module. Complete Test 3 in Canvas.
    Week 15: Read and then Complete Chapter 14-15 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module. Complete Test 4 in Canvas.
    Week 16: Read and then Complete Chapter 16-17 Assignment. Complete Discussion for the Week in Canvas under Weekly Module. Complete Test 5 in Canvas and Final Project.